The perceived role of key stakeholders' involvement in sustainable tourism development

Kim, Kyoung Bae (2013) The perceived role of key stakeholders' involvement in sustainable tourism development. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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This thesis considers how to improve levels of understanding of different stakeholders' perspectives and their involvement in sustainable tourism development. Jeju Island has been relying on tourism to support the economy and has consequently emerged as the most developed tourist destination in Korea, launched as a result of growth-oriented regional policies of the central and local government over the last thirty years. For sustainable tourism to be successful, it requires the stakeholders' support in the community to develop tourism in a sustainable manner. Therefore, this study focuses on building knowledge about stakeholder perceptions of government led tourism development by investigating stakeholder groups. Also, for this research aim, a qualitative approach was applied, interviews are used to take information for a specific purpose, and this research used semi-structured interviews to obtain relevant information from 42 key informants. For analysis of the qualitative data from the key informants, this study employed Grounded Theory (GT) as a tool for data analysis and interpretation.

This research is offers a critical evaluation towards the perceptions and impacts of tourism development and involvement, and investigates their relative influence within the collaboration process. To achieve the collaboration between various stakeholders in supporting the goals and objectives of tourism development, the study presents that the local government should involve local residents more actively in the decision making processes of the tourism development. The study confirms the importance of trust as a key variable in a social exchange relationship between residents' of a host community and government actors and all stakeholders need to be educated and trained to make sustainable tourism development more feasible.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Lambert, R.
McCabe, A.S.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > Nottingham University Business School
Item ID: 14389
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 11:10
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 09:30

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